Red Deer wants to know ‘What you think of roundabouts?’

Close up view of roundabout at 67 Street and Johnstone Drive (City Red Deer)

The City of Red Deer wants to know what you think how multi-lane roundabouts can be made easier for drivers and pedestrians in the city.

Red Deer’s Engineering Services is seeking to understand how Red Deerians have adjusted to the existing multi-lane roundabouts so they can consider improvements in the design phase of the new roundabout that will be built at 19 Street and 40 Avenue.

“Adding a roundabout at that intersection will improve safety as reduced speeds and fewer points of impact are proven to reduce serious injury collisions,” said Konrad Dunbar, Engineering Services Manager. “We want to know what Red Deerians think can be improved now that we have had two multi-lane roundabouts in the city for a while.”

The city and county have roundabouts at Highway 2A and Highway 597, Highway 13 and Highway 21 Roundabout, 67 Street / 30 Avenue Roundabout, 67 Street and Orr Drive/Johnstone Drive.

Lacombe’s first single roundabout is at the intersection of College Avenue/C&E Trail. It is sized to accommodate large semi-trailers and includes multi-use pathway connections for pedestrians and bicyclists.  The City of Lacombe 2013 Transportation Master Plan recommended a roundabout be constructed at the intersection due to further growth.

The roundabout at Highway 20 and Highway 11A was one of the first roundabouts in Central Alberta by Alberta Transportation. Prior to its construction in 2008, it was common during the summer months to see traffic backed up at the 4-way stop for up to five km. The single lane roundabout eliminated these lengthy delays, while improving the safety of the intersection.

The survey is on the city’s website at www.reddeer.ca/surveys until April 12.